It’s January, and we aren’t seeing too many plants in full flower at this time of year in the UK – mainly because the purpose of flowers is to attract pollinating insects, and there aren’t too many of those around when it’s freezing cold. But meet the winter flowering honeysuckle – a shrub, not a climber – also called Lonicera fragrantissima, It flowers intermittently from December to March during milder, sunny spells. To attract the few available beneficial insects it has to properly advertise! Its small creamy flowers, are profuse along bear twiggy stems and produce a very strong and fabulous fragrance that carries sweetly through the cold air… a dull plant in the summer, for the back of the border, but in winter, totally gorgeous!!!  🙂

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